|Project by Dexter1||posted 02-04-2014 03:41 AM||1206 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
I always wanted to have a nice globe stand and after looking at the better ones worth owning, I declined because of the high cost. In 2004 my son and daughter surprised me my buying a globe only from Replogle (this was a real fight for them as the company didn’t want to sell just the globe but my son kept calling them and they relinguished) and some exotic wood (Gaboon Ebony and Cambodian Beng) for a Christmas gift to allow me to make a stand. I had no idea where to start so I just started. I absolutely had no written or drawn plans. Through trial and error and Divine Guidance I came up with the finished product. The top and bottom frame are Cambodian Beng. I never heard of it before this project. It is very hard, dense and heavy. The grain is straight and rougher than lauan plywood. It sanded to a very smooth final finish, surprisingly. I edged the Beng with Ebony. It was the blackest Ebony I’ve ever seen. The dust from the Ebony keeps showing up somewhere on your body for a week. I put steam bent rings under the top and bottom frames for looks only. As I was building it I thought it would be nice to include wood from all 6 continents where trees are available. The Beng is from Asia, the Ebony from Africa, the legs in Honduran mahogany from South America, the 4 piece top arched decorative ring is dovetailed into the legs and half is of Lacewood from Australia and the other half of Beech from Europe, the letters in the top frame are walnut from North America. The bottom ring is Koa from Hawaii for no apparent reason other than my son and daughter in law honeymooned in Hawaii. I was in communication with a fellow on the internet during the time that I was building this thing. He was from LA and was going to Antarctica on the Lindblad Explorer for vacation . I asked if he would try to find a small piece of drift wood that I could cut up to inlay into the top ring giving me wood from all seven continents. He said he would find some and mail it to me. I never heard from him again. If anyone runs across a guy floating in a raft in the South Seas with my drift wood in his possession, tell him I’m still waiting.
-- Rex, Bellefonte, PA